Strike a pose

The glossy magazines evoke a glamorous fantasy world that's carefully constructed by photographers, editors and stylists. How do these experts shape our views of style, celebrity and aesthetics?

A panel of insiders provide a lively discussion on the topic.

Stephanie Wood is deputy editor, theage(melbourne)magazine. She is an experienced editor and award-winning writer who has worked in Melbourne, Brisbane, London and Hong Kong. She edited 'Epicure' (when it won 'Best Food Section' at the World Food Media Awards), 'Uncorked' and The Age Good Food Guide, before moving to the Asian Wall Street Journal and being appointed managing editor on its 'Weekend Journal' section. She also has experience in book publishing and website design.

Deborah Thomas is editorial director, The Australian Women’s Weekly. She has modelled in Europe, been a graphic designer for television, an art director and copywriter in advertising and has worked her way up through the ranks with Australian Consolidated Press (ACP). She has been the editor of Cleo, Mode, ELLE, The Australian Women’s Weekly, and editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly and the Australian Women’s Weekly Books division.

Jane Hutchinson is Melbourne editor, Sunday Magazine (Sunday Herald Sun/Sunday Telegraph). Prior to joining the magazine as deputy editor in 1999, Jane accumulated extensive experience writing and editing for newspapers and magazines both in Australia and overseas, including The Age, Time Magazine, The South China Morning Post and Business Review Weekly.

Bronwyn Kidd is a renowned fashion photographer whose work has taken her around the world shooting editorial for Tatler, Harpers & Queen, Cosmopolitan, British Vogue, Conde Naste and The Times. In recognition of the quality of her work, London's National Portrait Gallery houses five of her images. These are shoots for Jimmy Choo, Bruce Oldfield, Caroline Charles and Bella Freud. After spending 12 years working as a commercial photographer in London, Bronwyn now divides her time between the UK and Australia.

Simon Schluter is a features photographer at Fairfax's The Age newspaper. After working in Tasmania, he worked for Leader newspapers, The Times in London and The Australian. He takes photographs for the News section and occasionaly for TheCulture.

This panel discussion, held at the State Library of Victoria on 6 September 2007, was part of the program of events for the exhibition Famous: Karin Catt portraits, presented in association with Motorola Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.